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Stories within stories

PhD is much like a story. We need to uncover it, and find compelling ways to tell it. And, just like in a story, there might be unexpected twists and turns. Read about Bernie's PhD story... I've long been convinced by the... Continue Reading →

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Six Misconceptions about the Three-Paper Route

Monograph dissertations are still the norm for many PhD students, but some disciplines allow a collection of papers to be submitted instead. We talked to a PhD student taking this route to learn more about it…   Majority of texts... Continue Reading →

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Should you join a dissertation support group?

In the seemingly endless struggles with your dissertation, you may think about joining a dissertation support group. Experts in dissertation shepherding often advocate a group. It be excellent for “solace, support and motivation” (Axelrod & Windell, 2012, p. 101) and... Continue Reading →

PhD Diary: “Working” from Home

Not all researchers have the luxury of choice, but if you are among the lucky ones, working from home can be a treat and a nice change to your routine. It can also be a complete waste of time, if you’re... Continue Reading →

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When plans fall through…

It is a well-known fact that your finished PhD thesis often shares little resemblance with your original PhD proposal. Despite this, it is easy to feel worried every time your research does not go quite to plan. Joelin shares some of... Continue Reading →

Just like everybody else

In the last post in this series, Sherry writes about fitting PhD into your life plan (and explaining it to everyone else...). If that trip wasn’t traumatic enough, you should hear about my recent trip back home during Chinese New... Continue Reading →

Has anyone seen my motivation?

Yes, it is hard to deal with lack of motivation. You might feel this only goes to prove you are not cut out for PhD, you might feel you are letting down your supervisors, your funders, yourself …. But try... Continue Reading →

Getting Published – A quick FAQ

In case you have missed the peer-lead event on publishing as a PhD student or you are just looking for something get you started, PhD Life prepared a quick overview of some key points to consider, before and  after publication...... Continue Reading →

Everybody is failing, you just don’t know it!

January is a tough month for everyone, but we are determined to motivate you and prove that hard works always pays off. Our new post is about one PhD student's rocky road to full funding... The Process I started my... Continue Reading →

How Do You Measure a Year in PhD Life?

In the first post of this year we look back on PhD Life in 2016, reflecting on topics we wrote and you read about, and calling for new authors to share their experience of PhD Life. Is it by number... Continue Reading →

What I learned about academics from novels

Holidays are perfect time for some fun, non-PhD related reading. No need to go far from academia though. In our last post this year, Marta shares hers thoughts on novels featuring academics and researchers... According to a recent poll the... Continue Reading →

PhD and the joy of giving

Are PhD students difficult to shop for? No, not if you can give them time, patience and steady job prospects...  We have asked PhD students and researchers in Rex and on our social media to tell us what would be... Continue Reading →

Postgraduate Recommendation: Summer Schools

Have you ever considered attending a summer (or winter) school? You should! Read about Devon's experiences in Japan and Switzerland... During your PhD, I highly recommend taking part in a summer school. You may not know much about postgraduate summer... Continue Reading →

The Evolution of PhD Writing

Three years is a long time and many things change as we learn and grow along with our thesis. Ana describes how her academic writing changed since the first year of PhD...  It is November and social media, as well... Continue Reading →

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